It’s high-time we cherish our culture, our beautiful landscape and wonderful people, it’s high-time we believe in who we are, and keep educating the world, about what good stuff Africa is made of and now is the time…
GHANAMUSIC.COM – There is a verb that will take any Ghanaian artist everywhere in this world, from a low place to the high stages, if only he/she will abide by it’s simple principles…this simple verb is called “ORIGINALITY”.
So, the big question is, ‘What does Originality really mean’?
Let’s break the word down into two different parts “Origin” and “Ability”. Okay, now in my own perspective what I mean to say, is the ability to promote your original character….wow…that sounds odd.
Anyway, let’s keep reading, maybe, few points can make you understand this term called ORIGINALITY.
To me, Originality is the Natural Style, and Colour, and Rhythm you portray in your music, even the way you dance, twist and turn, is also part of originality.
It’s the local you, where you’re from and what your forefathers, and great grand parents really were. The way they sang, dance, and how they sounded like, even the kind of strings they used, the instruments, and the cloth they wear, all formed part of originality.
This is surely the term, that promoted Nigerian films & music, Indian movies, and South-African music.
Also, I might say, it’s the same thing, that made the Osibisa Music Group, very famous, around the World.
Hmmm, but it’s a pity these days, when young, and upcoming musicians, can’t act like this no-more.
We dress in Kente, yet still wanna rock the stage like Jay-Z.
We sing like Amakye Dede, but want to move on stage like 50 Cent.
We totally forget who we are, and cry-out loud, that Nigerians are stealing from our Market, humm, funny indeed.
We started making movies, long-before Nigerians, now look at them, they are the best in Africa. And even get nomination in some Hollywood platforms, wow.
I feel sad for most underground musicians, some of them are so confused that, they end up singing in a Nigerian tone, just to hit-the-chart-market, before gaining popularity.
Until we try, and sing like ourselves, discover the real us, the Ghanaian flavour, it will be hard for us to reach-beyond the borders of West Africa.
Do you remember R2Bees‘ first single “I Dey Mad“, and TicTac’s hit song featuring Obour “My Bele“, hmm, these songs were so fantastic, that even most people thought they were written and composed by Nigerians.
Sometimes, the style of dressing our gospel musicians bring on stage, is very awful, arrrhhh, most of them dress, like they are pop-musicians, who just singed some billion-dollar deal…hehehehe, as if they willl never get poor again…huh
The white-man’s dressing, tone, and music video, is properly made, to suite his music, so why then, do we shy-away from our own, and think no-body will support us,
Have you seen Kubolor live on BBC World-Service with M3NSA, huh, wow, I looved the show, (it’s on Youtube), but take time and ask yourself, how many Ghanaian artist, have been interviewed on MT.V not even to mention B.B.C.,
Let me get this straight, do we think no-one understands our Local Language, soo we can’t make it, or no-one would love our Dressing, soo it’s not important, huh…..
Then how did the Nigerians do it, with their Ebo, and Fugu,..lol…how did the Indians make it, with their dance and sweet voice.
It’s high-time we cherish our culture, our beautiful landscape and wonderful people, it’s high-time we believe in who we are, and keep educating the world, about what good stuff Africa is made of and now is the time, when we can tell the world that, Azonto, is not the only thing Ghana is made of. If they can like our girls, why can’t they accept our culture and music, it’s who were are, and it can never die, we just need to present it in a better way, and showcase it with pride.
LET’S BELIEVE IN GHANA, IT’S OUR MOTHERLAND !!!
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